Why is procurement important? (Factsheet)
In the 1990s corruption was rampant in the Department of Education in the Philippines. The department was unable to deliver the most basic services to its 18 million public school students. Unqualified bidders were over-pricing their school text books and corrupt officials were awarding them contracts to deliver books which seldom arrived at schools. In 2001 a new government decided to fight corruption and reform the way text books were ordered and delivered. The ‘Textbook Count 1-2-3’ project made sure that every text book was accounted for and delivered. NGOs, parents, Boy Scouts and Girl Guides were all involved, including the Coca Cola Company who agreed to deliver text books for free in their trunks when delivering soft drinks to remote areas.